What is FacebookUpdate.exe? Is it A Virus?
By on October 25th, 2011

has been notorious of late with lots of Facebook Scam doing the rounds of the social networking site. Staying away from those Facebook Spam is not easy, however, we have instructions on how you can stay safe on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams and also about removing apps from Facebook and Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

We recently received a question asking about a new executable called FacebookUpdate.exe running on a Windows PC and whether it was a virus or not? Turns out that it is not a virus and is an official software from Facebook which is used to update the software which is locally installed on a Windows PC.

Quite recently Facebook introduced a new group chat and video calling along with Group video chat with social hangouts. Facebook asked users to download a software to their local PC in order to use the video calling feature in Facebook.

If you have downloaded the said software from Facebook, you will notice that a file called FacebookUpdate.exe is added to the startup on your Windows PC. The location of the file is in your user profile folder and runs with some parameters as shown below

%USERPROFILE%\Local\Facebook\Update\FacebookUpdate.exe /c /nocrashserver

This service is totally safe and is only used to update the software which was installed by Facebook. If you feel threatened by it, you can disable it without problems. If you are not sure how to disable services or startup items, read our earlier guides and articles listed below.

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  • http://www.egrovesys.com/application-development/prestashop-development.html jose

    Anybody have any clue about facebook.exe to do with?

  • Lori

    The FacebookUpdate.exe file actually just showed up for me after updating Skype and enabling facebook status updates on it.

  • ir0nskull

    para mi es un virus.
    en 5 pcs el unico que tenia facebookupdate.exe daño archivos importantes en google chrome y dejo de funcionar. puede ser coincidencia, pero segun mi experiencia NO…

  • Peter

    Thanks for Info

  • pepe

    thanks dude! i was scared xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernhard.pyrek Bernhard Pyrek

    I’m sorry, but how can it not be a virus (or maybe malware or whatever) if i never installed it and was not aware that it is running?

 
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